I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Government at Harvard University affiliated with IQSS. I received my B.A. from the University of Bologna (Forli) in International and Diplomatic Science in 2006. I earned a Master Degree in International Affairs and Pacific Studies at the University of California of San Diego (IRPS) in 2009 where I specialized in Public Policy and Institutional design with a regional focus in Latin America. I also had the opportunity to attend as visiting student the Universidad de Cantabria (Spain) and the University of California Berkeley (USA).
My current research interests include electoral/voting behavior, party politics and political communication. My dissertation focuses on the protest voting (Blank and Null voting). I investigate the impact of different factors such as the introduction of more inclusive candidates selection methods (primaries) or the ban of political parties on voting behaviors across Southern Europe and Israel. I am also currently working on other two projects: an analysis of the communication style of Senators in the US Congress and the vertical contamination at the intra-party level of having different electoral systems in different electoral tiers.